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Review 1984: Domus International, Via Pozzo delle Cornacchie, 55
2bed/2bath apartment near the Pantheon, Rome
March 2006, one week
The apartment is in Rome's centro storico, 150 or so yards from the Pantheon, and convenient to many sites visitors will be interested in. It's only a few steps from the Franchesi church, with Caravaggio's astonishing paintings of St. Matthew, and not much further from S. Agostino, with his Madonna of Loreto. It's on the 6th floor (there's an elevator) with superb views of the city, including of St. Peter's dome, lighted up at night. The location is unbeatable.
Many restaurants are nearby, as is Tazzo d'Oro, which has perhaps the world's best coffee. There is a small supermarket on an adjacent street, and the Campo di Fiori open-air market is close by.
The building is entirely occupied by apartments, 2 per floor; the one we stayed in is the only one, I believe, available for rental. It's quite spacious, with a large living room and dining room; on a corridor leading out of them is the master bedroom, with the other bedroom and kitchen, which also has an eating area, at the rear. We shared the apartment with friends, and the layout gave each of us our privacy. It was very quiet (we didn't need to open the windows in March, but I imagine even when they were open it would still be quiet).
There is a private roof terrace, which has spectacular views of the city. It was still too cool to use it for eating, but in warmer months it would be a fine place for meals or just sitting out.
The apartment was very well furnished, with comfortable chairs and sofas. It has marble floors with some nice-looking rugs, and everything was impeccably clean. Bookcases in the dining room hold a nice collection of books, many in French but quite a few in English, including some guides to restaurants. There are 3 TVs in the apartment hooked up to a satellite provider, and it has a sound system for radio that was excellent.
The beds were very comfortable with a queen size in the master bedroom and two singles in the other that can be pushed together. The bath in the master bedroom has a jacuzzi and shower; the second bathroom has just a shower. The bathrooms were clean and plenty of soap, etc., were provided.
The kitchen is smallish but entirely functional, with a good batterie de cuisine, including several kinds of coffee makers. The glassware, flatware, and dishes were of good quality and there were plenty of them. Four people may sit at the kitchen table for informal meals.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was even nicer than in the website photographs, and the only suprise was our access to the rooftop terrace, which we hadn't noted when we made the booking and was a real bonus.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Domus International is an exceptional agency. My queries prior to arriving were answered promptly and fully by Isla Nail in its office, and Stefano Cingolari, who met us when we arrived, couldn't have been more helpful or congenial. Both write and speak flawless English. Stefano provided us his cell phone number in case we needed to be in touch about anything, and when we had trouble cashing some traveler's checks to pay the rental he was understanding and uncomplaining about having to make another trip to the apartment to collect the money when we did finally get them cashed. We paid 2300 euros for the week (in March), which when divided between two couples was considerably less than we would have paid for a hotel and for which we got better accommodations than any hotel could offer outside of exorbitantly priced suites.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would without any qualification recommend this apartment, and this agency, to others, and in fact have already done so. We would certainly stay in it again.
Things to do in this area
The Franchesi church is just steps away, with its magnificent Caravaggios, and the S. Agostino church with its Caravaggio isn't much further off. The Pantheon, arguably the greatest building anywhere, is just two minutes away. We walked from the apartment to several fine restaurants in the centro historico, and saw many others that were also inviting. Giolitti with its excellent gelati is five minutes away, and the Tazzo d'Oro with its superb coffee even closer. The best thing to do in the centro storico is just to stroll aimlessly. On virtually every street there's something interesting to look at.
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